Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Where's the Aclu on this? (Freedom)

Freedom means many things to many different people. Freedom of expression (speech) is the most common thought of and used freedom we have. But it is not only the right of speech, but the right of silence.

Across the country many colleges and universities are hell-bent on removing the freedom of speech from their students.
The lawsuit, Brooker v. The Governors of Missouri State University (MSU), was filed on Oct. 30 by the Alliance Defend Fund on behalf of Emily Brooker, a student in the university's school of social work. The ADF, a Christian legal group that advocates religious freedom, accuses tax-funded MSU of retaliating against Brooker because she refused to sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption as part of a class project.
Unfortunately this isn't an isolated incident. This happens at many campuses every year and not many of these make the news. You would think the ACLU would be tooth and nail in this fight, but alas, they don't seem to care about anyone's rights unless they are anti-christian. The ADF (Alliance Defend Fund)seems to be the group that steps up to the plate to defend real liberties, whereas the ACLU defends only those liberties that help radicalism or big government.

Basically in this case, a student was required to sign a letter to the state legistlature that she defended the right of gay men to adopt children and become foster parents. This letter conflicted with the students religious views and she refused. (It was decided that she could write an 'alternate' letter, but then the teacher filed a Level 3 grievance against her). What the student (and ADF) are attempting to accomplish is: 1) Remove the level 3 blight from the record, 2) a public apology from the college and a change in policy and 3) a monetary supplement. This seems standard to any lawsuit filed by anyone now adays. (Fix it, apologize, pay me) but seems to have some legal merit and a reasonable assumption of passing.

People should pay close attention to cases like this (especially if you are in school, going to goto school or have kids that will) since it signals (hopefully) a change in acadamia for more freedom for the students to think independently of the professors political/ethical views.
Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

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